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VIDEO: What’s in your wheat?

Cigi Analytical Services investigates gluten and more

Sprout damage and gluten strength are perennial topics in Canadian wheat production, as well as at the Canadian International Grains Institute in downtown Winnipeg, where comprehensive testing can answer questions about quality.

“Here in the lab we do mainly quality testing on wheat, flour, semolina, as well as some pulse crops,” said Robyn Makowski, a technician in Cigi’s analytical services department. “There are many different types of testing that we do here.”

The Manitoba Co-operator visited Cigi to see first hand how the extensograph, the alveograph, the falling number test and gluten test actually work.

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Shannon VanRaes is a journalist and photojournalist at the Manitoba Co-operator. She also writes a weekly urban affairs column for Metro Winnipeg, and has previously reported for the Winnipeg Sun, Outwords Magazine and the Portage Daily Graphic.

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